Page 8 Oh My Gut!
I was reading an article about the elderly in nursing homes. One of their chief complaints is the taste of the food. The chef and the people in charge couldn’t quite understand what the problem was because to them the food tasted fine. Further investigation reveals that as we age we lose our sense of taste and smell. Most people know that a loss of smell will contribute to a loss of taste but perhaps what you may not know is that this loss is but another casualty of aging.
I thought this quite interesting as I had never considered the loss of smell and taste to occur as we age. I don’t know why I never did, they are senses just as sight and hearing are and I have been gradually experiencing their loss for ten years now.
But here’s the irony; as you age you can’t taste your food as well, so salty, sweet, spicy, sour, they are all less intense. But dagnabbit if you were to consume them in amounts enough to taste them you would suffer many of the ailments that come from overindulging, especially in older adults.
My digestive system already has let me know in no uncertain terms that eating spicy, salty, or rich foods in days of succession will cause me to suffer.
This past weekend I treated myself to a few pieces of a small cheese pizza while out of town. Upon my return I have limited my diet to things like chicken and rice. It would be sad except I genuinely like chicken and rice.
In January my doctor gave me papers to get blood work done. I am to be tested for cholesterol and diabetes among other things. I conveniently keep forgetting to go up the hill to the lab one morning before I eat breakfast, that’s all I have to do. But then what? No more chocolate? No more hot wings? I suppose that time is coming anyway I might as well get on with it and look for some recipes for low salt chicken and rice with a dollop of bland on the side.
Posted in part in response to the challenge: http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/08/12/writing-challenge-health/
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